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What is the treatment for popcorn lung?

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Popcorn lung causes lasting damage, so it's important to catch it early. If you do, you might be able to slow it down or keep it from getting worse:

  • If it was caused by breathing in harmful chemicals, you'll want to stay away from them. You might need to wear protective gear at work or possibly change jobs.
  • Your doctor may give you antibiotics or steroids to ease the inflammation that can scar your airways.
  • Drugs that slow down your immune system may help protect your bronchioles from more damage.
  • Your doctor probably will give you medicine to help with your cough and open up your airways, and maybe oxygen to help make it easier to breathe.

From: What Is Popcorn Lung? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

NIH Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center: "Bronchiolitis obliterans."

American Lung Association: "Popcorn Lung: A Dangerous Risk of Flavored E-Cigarettes."

National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health: "Flavorings-Related Lung Disease."

National Jewish Health: "Bronchiolitis Obliterans."

Toxicology Reports: "Pathology, toxicology, and latency of irritant gases known to cause bronchiolitis obliterans disease: Does diacetyl fit the pattern?"

EnvironmentalHealth Perspectives : "Flavoring Chemicals in E-Cigarettes: Diacetyl, 2,3-Pentanedione, and Acetoin in a Sample of 51 Products, Including Fruit-, Candy-, and Cocktail-Flavored E-Cigarettes."

Environmental Protection Agency: "Sulfur Dioxide."

Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine: "Occupational and Environmental Bronchiolar Disorders."

Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine: "Bronchiolitis Obliterans Syndrome -- The Achilles' Heel of Lung Transplantation."

Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center: "Rheumatoid Lung Disease."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on April 21, 2019

SOURCES: 

NIH Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center: "Bronchiolitis obliterans."

American Lung Association: "Popcorn Lung: A Dangerous Risk of Flavored E-Cigarettes."

National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health: "Flavorings-Related Lung Disease."

National Jewish Health: "Bronchiolitis Obliterans."

Toxicology Reports: "Pathology, toxicology, and latency of irritant gases known to cause bronchiolitis obliterans disease: Does diacetyl fit the pattern?"

EnvironmentalHealth Perspectives : "Flavoring Chemicals in E-Cigarettes: Diacetyl, 2,3-Pentanedione, and Acetoin in a Sample of 51 Products, Including Fruit-, Candy-, and Cocktail-Flavored E-Cigarettes."

Environmental Protection Agency: "Sulfur Dioxide."

Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine: "Occupational and Environmental Bronchiolar Disorders."

Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine: "Bronchiolitis Obliterans Syndrome -- The Achilles' Heel of Lung Transplantation."

Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center: "Rheumatoid Lung Disease."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on April 21, 2019

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